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Guest markytuck

Hello there

 

I'm doing product design at Bournemouth 2nd year and its that time of year to search searching for a placement for next year, well its been about two months now and its annoying either not hearing from companies or them just saying we don't do placements. so please have a look at my folio and help me improve it. i send both the website address and my mini portfolio so....

 

for the website: http://mark-tucker-designs.com/

 

for the pdf : http://mark-tucker-designs.com/ then click on the 10th page.... the "media page"

---or just download it off here.

 

p.s. i added he mini port just to one of the spare pages in the site, sorry its a bit small. and it should be live shortly.

 

Cheers

 

Mark Tucker

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Guest markytuck

Right, well a complete re work of it is probably the best idea. btw if you think my presentation skills are bad... wait till u see the rest of Bourny. They have about 3 lectures on how to use Photoshop and thats the closest thing to presentation advice we get. It's a shame our course isn't as respected as it should be, we have the facilities and great lecturers, unfortunately some of them get annoyed teaching us the work, which is understandable.

 

Hopefully if this company near Bournemouth accepts me I will actually have a placement for next year. right one last comment on the course. Why be innovative when you could just do what everyone else does..... haha

 

By chance.... anyone know of any placements going?

 

Mark Tucker

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Guest Jay08

''Why be innovative when you could just do what everyone else does..... haha ''

 

 

 

i dont get it???

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Guest markytuck

well in my view were innovative ideas we present are just shot down and then were just told to see whats there and copy. Which isn't the design ethic i follow myself. but at the end of the day i guess its about marks at uni, and if producing generic products is what they ask for then we'll do it. arr well thats a whole different discussion completely.

 

MT

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Guest Jay08

kk i get it now...well thats pretty bad...That is exactly the reason why I left Bournemouth..that and the lack of facilities and enthusiasm!

 

Have you re worked your mini folio?

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Guest antidesign

First of all the minifolio/cv is a car crash its dreadful. But the website actually shows real potential. I agree that its very hard to navigate looking at two places on the screen at the same time is impossible! But I think you can maintain the idea by spreading out the 'pages' and maybe putting all the titles in a row so moving the mouse over them brings forward (but doesn't open) the relevant page.

 

You also present yourself and your work in the site a lot better. I would delete though the first picture of a handle.

 

 

innovative ideas we present are just shot down and then were just told to see whats there and copy

 

That's a terrible picture of a design course I can't believe you said it. I had thought that Bournemouth was a more respected course than my own but I should obviously think again

 

Thanks for putting it up though.

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Turns out, to be honest youre better off elsewhere. This is frustrating to hear, but have you considered changing unis instead of doing your placement next year. My advice is to repeat yr 2 at Brunel or loughborough or another good uni, and then do your placement. Here at Brunel, people are getting offers left right and center from well known consultancies and companies (BAA, Nokia, Dysney, Bentley etc...)

 

Do not put Bryce Dyer as your reference. I dont want to get personal about this but as far as I know, he has no industry experience and is therefore not a valid reference.

Hmm, funny thing forums, you never know who will turn up Jay.

 

Yes I did several years in industry (before my current position) as both designer, then process engineer and then later Project Manager. Oh, and current employment rate within the industry off the PD course is 90% within 6 months based on 2006 figures.

 

If you need any other facts feel free to ask !

 

 

Bryce.

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Guest antidesign

I forgot to say that you've clearly put a lot of effort into this page but like but agree with Jay that you should start with a grid. You probably started by putting a lot of images on the page which is dangerous.

 

Pick your best work, the mp3 player, the mechanisms, CAD renders, bowl and put them somewhere. Be careful about using background effects especially if they obscure the text and if you're unsure go with white, don't be afraid of empty space.

 

The sketch book idea seems to work as an excuse to put them together but I would swap the hand for the one on your website.

 

Cheers

 

Dave

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Guest Jay08

Public apology to B Dyer. Didnt realise but was just asking the question..Thanks for answering.

 

Good to hear that the PD course is succesful.

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Guest JACK8D

Jay I cant believe you have the audacity to speak about Bournemouth and its lecturers like that on such a public forum. To be honest im pretty glad is backfired and bitten you on the ass!

 

Have you heard the saying "a bad workman blames his tools"? At the end of the day Uni in the design world is just that! a tool to get you into an industry, in a creative industry there is only so much that other people can tell you, i think your kind of missing the point that its down to you! Whilst it is important to learn alot of skills, have you seen alot of the sketch work from designers like Nato fukasawa and Jasper morrison. I dont think they relied on up to date cad knowledge.

 

I do agree that PD at bournemouth does have a lot of creases which need ironing out, but I think alot of the time it is partially due to the attitude of the students, as well as the problems naturally inherrant with a design degree.

 

I have gone on from the second year to spend 4 months working in Hong Kong, a while working with the fashion designer Wayne Hemingway, had meetings with other prestigious designers in the industry and am now working succesfully freelance for the rest of my placement, until going back in september to finish my final year.

 

I think this shows that Bournemouth is far from a waste of time. Rember by insulting a course your also insulting alot of pople on that course and you never know who might be listening!

 

Design is about your passion, your personality and your drive. Not what people are telling you to do, if your a designer of any caliber you should be able work around other people and not constantly be finding fault wih them!

 

If theres anything ive learnt from a year in industry its that working with people and organisations only gets harder. Having a scathing and critical attitude will get you know where, you have to work around problems and turn them to your advantage.

 

If your opinion is that Bournemouth isnt great and you think it isnt producing good students, my take on it would be, if your so good, you should have stayed there and been offered the best job at the design show!

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Guest b dyer
I do agree that PD at bournemouth does have a lot of creases which need ironing out, but I think alot of the time it is partially due to the attitude of the students, as well as the problems naturally inherrant with a design degree.

Yep, a solid strategy is to speak industry and graduates on a regular basis to keep the course fresh. Something we find challenging down here is having a broad based education and catering for all the many roles you guys could end up doing. Whilst the philosophy of the course is essentially the same as it's 20 year history, it's actual content is very different to, say, 10 years ago.

 

FWIW the biggest problem I'm seeing are more students applying to design courses for reasons other than they are passionate about design. It sounds strange but thats a worrying trend. Cream always floats to the top though.......

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I do agree wih the fact that alot of people are looking o study design because at the moment it seems design is a bit of a buzz word in the media its a problem that even organisations like seymour powell have noticed (recent article in design week saying how alot of graduates have the technical ability but no real design knowledge).

 

But if anything i think this is a way of making the designers with a real talent and passion satnd out, a bit of compitition can go a long way!

 

With bournemouth i think the main problem is people expect to much detail on too many subjects, not many people realise that with design its not just 3-4 years of learning and uni is only a stepping stone into what you actually want to specialise in.

 

Because pd is such a diverse course it does sometime feel like theres so much to take in you dont get the opportunity cover anything to the best of your ability.

 

Bryce also i there anything i can be working on now to give me a kick start into next year?

 

Jack.

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Guest Jay08

Jack8D, You are in the year below it seems. So you dont understand how disjointed the year felt. I am not insulting the uni or the students at all. In fact I messaged Bryce explaining in detail my thoughts and commented on how Bournemouth is a worthwhile design course.

 

I never claimed to be particularly good or anything above and Im sure I could have achieved the same things in Bournemouth as I am at Brunel. (hopefully not just a bad workman!!)

 

There is however a difference in the approach of either uni, and I feel (and this is my opinion) that the Brunel course is better suited to the type of design I am interested in.

 

I fear you and other people may have the wrong view of my post and as far as I m concerned, the only thing that bit me in the arse was the comment about Bryce and the fact I was misinformed about his professional

experience...Apology made.

 

I thinks its worth for everyone who wants to have an opinon (like you jack8D) on the topic, to look at the graduate books for previous years....should show the difference in approach to design, innovation, exploration and realisation.

 

As far as I m concerned, this arguement could go on forever, discussing the changes and differences between unis, and no real outcome would come out. This post began with someone looking for graphics help. I gave a whole load of valid info, tips and guidelines to follow... I hope it helped.

 

A lot of people do apply for design because they like the fact that DT at school can be a doss. What a shame!

 

Could I ask why are you working freelance for a placement? Does someone really have enough experience in two years of design to set off on their own?

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Guest lock 1985

Hi

 

I just saw this topic and noticed you’re a Bournemouth student and then alot of guff written not really answering your question. You have to remember Bournemouth has a solid product design course, I am currently in the final year and its great. The work is HARD and you never get a minute to think about anything but your project. On the other hand it is so rewarding and your portfolio will be so much better having actually built a working prototype for whatever you choose to design (allot of uni's concentrate on space models and aesthetics).

 

Having looked at your website I would suggest that it is too busy and does not navigate very well. Whilst on placement I looked at some prospective students cv's and to be blunt employers will get bored waiting for things load and hovering over labels waiting to be told what is what. Also not all of your tags are linked to anything. Your work on the other hand is pretty good for 2nd year level, though I would ditch the tele tubby.

 

There is a bit of a lack of detailed CAD work, as a placement student you can practically guarantee that you will be a CAD monkey for the next 12 months so make sure that you have good work in that department. Play to the courses strengths, you should have a fairly good knowledge of materials and engineering fundamentals, find a way of subtly slipping them into your portfolio without including a maths exam.

 

The CV/portfolio is pretty bad (I did exactly the same thing). It is hard to get the right balance of images and text, and of course you've got to show of some creative flair. I would suggest make it a CV first and foremost, the images are important but you need to sell yourself first (may i suggest you get to grips with microsoft publisher). The best thing to do is go to www.coroflot.com and check out some of the profiles, the blog has alot of good info on portfolios.

 

Lastly I would suggest you concentrate on one discipline in your portfolio. Too many PD students think they are graphic designers, web designers, artists, or photographers you are better off sticking to what you are studying. Also CHILL OUT on the placement front alot of people don’t get sorted until Christmas of yr 3.

 

Hope this helps!

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Guest b dyer

The thing to bear in mind here is that every uni's PD course has a difference balance and vibe. One of my policies when i talk about what we do is never to compare ourselves or compete against other institutions - it's bad professionally and with a field as broad as PD a little nieve. FWIW in my experience a good student doesn't really start looking like a good one until their final year where they are running their own projects and pushing 50 hour weeks manufacturing in a workshop making a complex integrated prototype. It'a character building exercise and plenty of gifted designers have either left or failed becuase they didn't have the right mentality (which kind of goes back to my 'passion' comment in my previous post).

 

Any feedback that people raise is useful and I asked Jay for some bearing in mind he has seen (part of) 2 different philosophies.

 

For explanation on the comment ref references, it's important to choose yours wisely but bear in mind it's a character reference on you not a reflection of the person writing it so whether your referee has either 10 years industrial experience or is a zoo keeper is of no consequence. I'm 32 and I still use an old school teacher as one of mine...

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